A little over three months ago I joined a weight loss challenge. The goal was to lose the biggest percentage of body weight. While there were only two of us participating in the event I still took it seriously. A side bet ($100 to the winner) was an added incentive.
To increase my motivation even more I decided to hold myself accountable here on the blog. When I first wrote about the challenge back in January I only had two goals. The first was to win the challenge, and the second was to try and lose forty pounds within those ninety days. How did I do?
Starting Weight: 262.4
Ending Weight: 222.2
Total Weight Lost: 40.2 lbs
Body Weight % lost: 15.3%
I won the challenge and managed to hit my personal goal as well. So, how did I lose forty pounds in ninety days? Don’t worry, I’m not going to try and sell you a diet or fitness program. In fact, I can honestly say there wasn’t much exercise involved at all. Three treadmill workouts at twenty minutes each in three months is not exactly an ideal fitness plan, though my dog Bandit did enjoy a trip around the block a couple of times. No, exercise wasn’t the key for me.
Eating smaller portions, watching the calorie intake, and cutting out all fast food helped a great deal. So did switching from sugary drinks to bottled water. I used Nutrisystem the first month to help get portions and daily intake under control. The last two months of the challenge I ate more fruit and vegetables (grapes, watermelon, apples, broccoli, …) while being careful to keep my daily calorie intake around the thousand calorie mark.
Pretty sure the one thousand calorie a day limit would not be doctor approved in my case, but it worked. Yes, I was hungry at times, but I also used that as a motivation tool. My mindset was, “If I’m hungry then I’m losing weight”, and that carried me through the hunger pains. Eating healthy snacks during those times probably would have been a better choice, but again, it was a motivation technique.
Would I do it again. Yes! I have more energy. Even my wife noticed as I hiked up the mountain yesterday to retrieve a lost drone. (vacation celebration)
So, I’ve decided to continue the diet, eating healthier, lifestyle choice, etc… Right after a visit to Chic-fil-A for breakfast, Captain Steve’s for seafood, Grumpy Brother’s for a hotdog, Longhorn for a steak and lobster, and finally just about anything from KFC. I’ll space it out. Probably.
The new goal is: 200 lbs
There won’t be a timeframe on the goal, but I will update my progress here on the blog, or in the vlog. Speaking of which, if you would like to see the vlog portion of the challenge I’ve linked it below.
Thanks for stopping by,